About Rwanda Muhondo Washing Station microlot
Arrived August 2016. This coffee comes from the Muhondo Coffee Company in the Northern province of Rwanda. This is the same coffee that took 3rd place in the 2015 Cup of Excellence competition 1st place in 2014, however, we purchased this outside of the CoE auction. The washing station was originally built in 2006 by another cooperative before it was fully taken over by the current owners in 2013. The terroir of the immediate area gives this coffee a unique profile and character.
The coffee washing station has had profound effects on the local communities through youth and employment of women, social initiatives such as "farmer's loan" and clean water supply to local villages. In total the cooperative has almost 1800 farmers with 40% of them being women.
The cooperative is committed to producing the highest quality coffee possible and empowering growers by providing them with education on the best practices. Coffee cherries hand picked and inspected prior to de-pulping, fermentation and drying. The water quality is also analyzed to ensure the coffee beans are as cleanly processed as possible.
- Province: Northern
- District: Gakenke
- Sector: Muhondo
- Altitude: 1700 to 2200 meters,
- Coffee variety: Bourbon
- Washing Station Ownership: Private
- Number of farmers: 1800
- Processing System: Wet processing
- Drying system: Sun drying to 12% moisture
- Storage: One warehouse with natural ventilation system and pallets
- Water source: Mountain natural spring
Cup Characteristics: Cherry sweetness, flavors of pear, Baker's chocolate, honey, caramel, plum. Smooth, creamy body. Well rounded. Acidity is bright, lively, apple and pineapple in nature.
Roasting Notes: These are hard, dense, high grown Bourbon beans which can be roasted anywhere from the very light to dark. If you pull this roast before but close to second crack, the mouthfeel will be chocolatey smooth, perhaps the optimum roast level for this coffee from a native flavor perspective.
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